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City Ambience. Sunday April 5, 2015

In desperate attempts to find 'the land of nod' last night amidst my mother's snoring (we're sharing a room whilst visiting my brother for a few days), I turned to an app I'd almost forgotten I had. Head phones firmly in ears, Relax Melodies, can give me 48 different sounds that may relax and slow down a frantic mind (or, drown out earth-quaking snoring! Sorry mum.).

What's actually quite ironic (and amusing) when you stop to think about it, is that you can choose to have 9 or 10 of these sounds pumping into your ears at the same time - a vacuum cleaner (yes, really), a cat purring, rain on the roof, frogs, white noise, thunder, a woman humming, chanting monks - a huge cacophony of sound, all in the hopes of lulling ourselves to sleep!

But I digress. One of the sounds I chose was called City Ambience. It's a sound that has always evoked a very visceral, nostalgic feeling within me but, being an indistinct sound, it's not a noise I've ever felt able to put into words. It's more of a feeling than a sound. It's a 'melody' that gives evidence of a whole city, no, world, in motion.

The low hum immediately places me in a hot and sticky city: it has been a tiring but satisfying day of sightseeing but, feet now washed and enveloped in cool, white sheets, it's nap time.

This is what our glorious senses do. They - at a later date - turn a seemingly innocuous or colorless moment into something intense, stimulating and vibrant. Like a child wanting comfort, tugging at his mother's coat - sounds, scents, sensations of touch - can pull down memories from the dusty vaults in our memory banks. Beautiful.

On the good days, being mindful of what our senses absorb can really aid us on the grey-sky days, causing exquisite 'Ah, I remember...' moments.

I'm not sure my memory will ever feel wistful and nostalgic for the sound of snoring, mind!

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crafty wee midden Sun, Apr 5th 2015 @ 8:17am

Suzy, thank you, not just for a really helpful post, but for the Relax Melodies....I have severe tinnitus, it's been really bad the lady few days, and this will be a huge help. Im so grateful. All the best Alex

Andie Sun, Apr 5th 2015 @ 12:55pm

Suzy, your writing is so beautiful! It's always a pleasure to read your posts.

Mary Hill Sun, Apr 5th 2015 @ 2:50pm

I want to echo Andie. I always love your posts. After the first couple of lines I was thinking "This is Suzy - how lovely to hear her voice." You have such a warmth and charm to your writing. Where can I get this app? It sounds great! Relax Melodies? I'll look it up.

Di Murphey Sun, Apr 5th 2015 @ 9:46pm

Dearest Suzy ~
My tinnitus can overwhelm me and make me a bit crazy. So comforting to read of your strategies for coping. I am never surprised at your witty, engaging, and humorous writings. Thank you for the ideas you convey & share with our community.

Mart Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 10:36am

A good reminder to fully absorb our surroundings and appreciate life in its amazing technicolour! Thanks Suzy!

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